In September my Auntie Katy, Uncle Don and my cousin Sam came from the West Coast to the East Coast for a Virginia wedding and decided to make a stop in Chapel Hill for a few days and pay a visit. It was so nice to see them, and strange to think that they had never met Orion before, since it had been over three years since we had been together.
We had cold, rainy days when they visited, but it didn't stop us from planning a really crazy trip out to Wrightsville Beach. I had checked for rain that day but forgot that at the beach, wind speed can also be a deterrent. After driving two hours out to the coast, we spent about twenty minutes on the beach, dodging the stinging flying sand, and then escaped to Wilmington for thrift store shopping, some walking along the river and a delicious dinner and ice cream. The salt air is always therapeutic, but next time I'll check for wind speed before I make the 4 hour round trip to the coast.
The nice thing about having family visit is that even when there are not frenetic plans, being together is enough. We cooked hot soups together, played a new card called Square 9 (almost every night), we gardened together in our community garden, picked scuppernong grapes at a friend's house, and went to the Emerson Waldorf School Contra Dance, which was so much fun.
All in all, a really nice time to catch up and enjoy time with our family! Thanks for visiting!